The Haunting of Black Wood | A taunt, twisted journey into Twilight Zone territory
Welcome to our nightmare!
Three strangers, Sam (Katherine Waterston), Tom (Scott Eastwood) and Jody (Sara Paxton), find themselves at a secluded forest cabin, each with different reasons for arriving. But every time they attempt to leave, something keeps bringing them back to the same spot. As they uncover the reason why, they are shocked to discover they are all connected…
This mystery thriller from producer/director Jack Heller originally came under the title Enter Nowhere when it was screened on the indie film festival circuit back in 2011. It’s now got a new title, The Haunting of Black Wood, which is actually a bit misleading, as it’s not strictly a ghost story – as such.
It is, however, a taunt, well paced, well shot little gem that grips you from start to finish, and has a cracking twist that’s worthy of a Ray Bradbury or a Richard Matheson suspense tale in the The Twilight Zone vein. I’m not going to reveal anything more as that would spoil the surprise, but be prepared for something that you don’t normal get from these kind of low budget American straight-to-home entertainment releases.
Kudos go to the three leads, whose grounded performances give the fantastical story a real sense of believability. Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, is currently filming Oliver Stone’s latest project, while Sara Paxton gave a sterling spooky turn in Ti West’s The Innkeepers (check out my review here), and Katherine Waterson, daughter of Sam, is best known for appearing in Boardwalk Empire.
The Haunting of Black Wood is out on DVD in the UK from Metrodome
Posted on April 26, 2015, in American Indie, Might See, Thriller and tagged American Indie, Cabin in the woods, Enter Nowhere, Jack Heller, Katherine Waterson, Metrodome, Mystery, Sara Paxton, Scott Eastwood, The Haunting of Black Wood, Thriller. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.